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Get Lit or Die Tryin’ – [Meechy Darko]

When the vast majority of typical hip-hop fans think about New York icons, names like Jay-Z, Biggie, the Wu-Tang Clan, or any other legends. Obviously, these are artists who turned the industry into what it is today, and there is simply no denying that whatsoever, but considering I wasn’t alive to witness most of these artists at the pinnacle of their careers, I have a different set of musicians come to mind, personally. Rappers like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, the A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zombies, and various others are the first names that come to my mind, and it’s thanks to many of these spitters that I have the complex taste in music that I am proud of. I remember listening to the Flatbush Zombies religiously in high school, running back songs and albums like it was my job, and I couldn’t get enough of them. I wasn’t actually really into a lot of the things they would mention like psychedelics or anything else along those lines, but I just loved their dynamic, their confidence, and the fact that every member brought something special and different to the table. Erick the Architect made ludicrously composite instrumentals, Juice brought the personality and …

Where I Belong – [Joey Bada$$]

From the moment I got into rap music back in my middle school and early high school days, there were a few emcees who truly blew me away with their fully encompassing skillsets. I quickly got heavily into the world of underground hip-hop which was filled with artists who were pushing the limits of what might’ve been considered acceptable or conventional, but even during this time of exploration and experimenting, there were a handful of rappers who were much more well-known that I always returned to because I knew just how gifted they were, and Joey Bada$$ was at the top of my list. His album B4.Da.$$ completely opened my eyes to a different style of music where autotune and other effects weren’t required in order to make a flawless song, and that was a project that I still revisit fairly regularly because it is just about as perfect as an album can get, in my own opinion. I honestly haven’t been listening to his newer music as religiously as I used to, but that’s something I’ve been wanting to change, so I couldn’t wait to check out his latest single “Where I Belong” as well as the self-directed music …

Doja – [$NOT] ft. [A$AP Rocky]

I don’t think it’s even slightly a stretch to say that $NOT had one of, if not the biggest years in music in 2021. Even though he didn’t actually release any full-length albums last year, he was able to still ride high off of his album Beautiful Havoc that dropped towards the end of 2020 by going on tour and dropping other singles as well as guest spots on other tracks that seemed to get more addicting with every new release. I don’t know how he’s going to top some of the unforgettable music that he has released so far, but if anyone can do it, $NOT certainly can. Over the past few weeks, we have received some incredible news in the form of the announcement of the New York-born, Florida-raised phenom’s upcoming album Ethereal that’s set to release next week on February 11th, and although it was a long wait, I know it’s going to be undeniably worth it. Although there haven’t been too many singles released quite yet, the buzz has been at an all-time high thanks to the release of the tracklist which includes 14 tracks as well as a plethora of insane features from artists like …

Trust Nobody (2 My Brothers) – [DJ Scheme] & [Joey Bada$$]

Way back at the beginning of December, DJ Scheme blessed the world with his absolutely unbelievable debut album FAMILY, and all of the features that joined him turned out to be exactly that. He only wanted to work with his closest friends because chemistry is something that goes such a long way when making music, and it was obviously a major factor that brought this project to new heights. Obviously, we’re used to Scheme working with artists like Ski Mask the Slump God and Danny Towers who were both coming up at the same time Scheme was in the Florida music scene, but this project brought some unexpected guests to the party like Skrillex, Ty Dolla $ign, and Lil Keed along with others, but each and every guest brought the perfect amount of differentiation and their own flair to the project that worked wonderfully. Out of all these guests, though, I think the artist that seemed to be the most out of left field was Joey Bada$$, at least in my opinion. Scheme might be known for his high-intensity bangers full of chaos and energy, and although Joey is one of the most versatile artists on the planet, he doesn’t …

Let It Breathe – [Joey Bada$$]

Joey Bada$$ is one of my favorite artists of my lifetime, no exaggeration at all. Since I was in high school, I’ve listened to his music more days than not, his albums always end up being favorites of mine, hell I even made an article about my fifty favorite songs by him, and to this day he is a GOAT in my eyes. Earlier today, Joey released a new music video for “Let It Breathe” in honor of his twenty-sixth birthday, and it’s not anything that you want to miss out on. On this record, you can expect a classic sounding instrumental from the legend Statik Selektah, and if you know anything about the music that these two have made in the past, then you know this is going to be special. I was thoroughly impressed with this release, I’ve already run this one back a handful of times and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Check out this brand new music video below! Happy birthday Joey!

Baby – [DJ Scheme] ft. [Iann Dior]

DJ Scheme has long been a close friend and acquaintance of ours here at lyrical lemonade, and like a fine wine, he continues to only get better with age. At the beginning of December, he dropped off his debut album FAMILY and it was an absolute smash hit, at least in my mind. He was able to bring all different styles and sonic landscapes to life throughout this 17-song album, and every time I go back and revisit it, I seem to be more and more blown away. Obviously, the features he selected on this project help Scheme provide different stylistic choices, but every single guest plays such an important role in this album’s success. He got names like Skrillex, Joey Bada$$, Ski Mask, Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla $ign, Fenix Flexin, $NOT, and too many others to name in this sentence, but I never imagined seeing some of these talents on the same album let alone the same song. One of my favorite cuts off of the project is definitely “Baby” featuring Iann Dior, and although this is a much more soothing, heartfelt ballad than what we’re used to hearing from Iann, he takes the baton and runs with it. …

Bad Day – [Nyck Caution] ft. [Denzel Curry]

Pro Era never seems to miss, although the only member of the collective I’m actually extremely familiar with is obviously Joey Bada$$. I’ve become acquainted with certain other members through certain songs he has released that feature them, but I definitely need to get on top of my game moving forward, especially when it comes to Nyck Caution, one of the most promising yet underrated members of the group without a doubt. On Friday, Nyck is gearing up to release his album Anywhere But Here, and considering he has already dropped off a few singles to hype up the project’s release, I definitely need to zone in and listen up, and I suggest you do the exact same thing. Today, Nyck teamed up with none other than Denzel Curry for a song entitled “Bad Day”, and after hearing this compared to some of the other singles, I already know that Friday is going to be anything but a bad day. You already knew that this record is a hit as soon as you find out Charlie Heat produced this record, and as soon as you press play, you realize exactly how right your presumptions were. He incorporates some lively, animated …

FAMILY – [DJ Scheme]

If you’re a fan of Lyrical Lemonade then there’s no doubt that you are familiar with the living legend that is DJ Scheme. The DJ turned Producer has taken his talents up a serious level with the release of his highly anticipated debut album FAMILY. There is a reason why artists flock to Scheme, he is one of the most genuine souls in the music industry and the album’s stacked tracklist proves exactly the type of reach he has built purely off his talent and grind. If you’ve ever seen a live set from DJ Scheme, you’ll know the ferocious energy he brings to each and every stage he touches. The crowds almost instantly dissolve into insanity, mosh pits opening throughout crowded venues with audiences thirsty to lose themselves to the madness that is “Take A Step Back”. Damn, I can’t wait to see that again soon. Off the strength of 2019’s Preseason EP, we saw what Scheme was capable of as a producer. With a small sample, we knew that the debut album he would eventually release would be a perfectly curated collection of collaborators that reflect the relationships he has built throughout his career of touring with some of the biggest …

Statik Selektah: Mastering The Balancing Act

One of the strongest notions in hip-hop during the early-2010s was the beginning of modern styles within the genre becoming more and more intertwined with those of old, mostly within the grand period of the early-mid 90s. Acts that took this demeanor unto themselves on the mic certainly exuded this spirit in their own right, but it was truly the incredibly resounding production work from a number of different figures at the time who solidified this status as far more than just a passing trend.  A figure who found himself at the forefront of this particular era was Statik Selektah — a tried and true lifelong producer and DJ and truly hit his mark once this decade began to move forward by manifesting that aforementioned spirit in full. His work on production with such acts like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, and numerous others certainly set the bar for this era at the decade’s inception, and kept it moving throughout the entirety of the historic period all the same.  But now we currently stand in 2020 — at the beginning of a new, tumultuous decade that is far more unprecedented than anything the modern world has seen thus far. Even beyond …

Five Excellent Beat Projects Pt. 3 – [Cookin’ Soul] x [Jazzinuf] x [Leavv] x [Hazy Year] x [Elijah Nang] x [Figub Brazlevič] 

Producers/beatmakers are often unfairly overlooked because of artists. Truth be told, producers are artists themselves, as every instrumental requires its own unique form of craftsmanship, and a precise vision to execute the idea. Without producers, your favorite hit single would simply not sound the same, yet alone exist! Comparable to the clientele work of an artisan or sculptor, when producers craft beats for artists, they must put themselves in another’s shoes to innovate. However, the music of production pioneers Nujabes and J. Dilla demonstrates that instrumentals are entirely separate and complete bodies of work. Applied rapping or vocals are not complements to production, but instead honorary elements that create an alternative version. Therefore, to an extent, the artist serves as a guest feature over the producer’s original creation. To effectively shed greater light to the creative brilliance of producers, I’ve chosen to start a monthly series titled “Five Excellent Beat Projects,” which will highlight five instrumental works that I consider exceptional. This is the third installment of the series. Cookin’ Soul – Carribean Bites – Despite being a Grammy award winning group, the Valencia, Spain based production duo (Big Size & DJ Zock) still somehow seem underrated. With production credits …